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Catilina Chair

Set of Six Red Catilina Chairs by Luigi Caccia Dominioni for Azucena 1958 Italy
By Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Azucena
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Set of six stools Catilina with frame in painted steel, seat top in multi-layered wood, and upholstery-shaped polyurethane cushions covered with red fabric. This iconic seat was desi...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs

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1950s Luigi Caccia Dominioni "Catilina" Azucena Italian Design Chairs Set of 4
By Azucena, Luigi Caccia Dominioni
Located in Brescia, IT
Luigi Caccia Dominioni Catilina chairs for Azucena, Italy, 1958 Metal steel frame Original fabric seat Frame and upholstery in excellent condition.   
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Catilina Chairs by Luigi Caccia Dominioni for Azucena
By Luigi Caccia Dominioni
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Rare set of 6 Catilina chairs designed by Luigi Caccia Dominioni for Azucena in 1957. Black lacquered metal and original fabric. First presented at Triennale di Milano in 1957. Bi...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Luigi Caccia Dominioni "Catilina" Chairs for Azucena, 1958, Set of 6
By Luigi Caccia Dominioni
Located in Lonigo, IT
Luigi Caccia Dominioni "Catilina" chairs for Azucena, 1958, set of 6. Rare set of 6 "Catilina" dining chairs designed by Luigi Caccia Dominioni in 1958 and manufactured by Azucena...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Iron

Luigi Caccia Dominioni Catilina Chair for Azucena, Italy, 1958
By Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Azucena
Located in Milan, IT
Luigi Caccia Dominioni Catilina chair for Azucena, Italy, 1958 This model probably 1970s-1980s Seat covered in green felt.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Metal

Luigi Caccia Dominioni "Catilina" Chairs for Azucena, 1958, Set of 4
By Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Azucena
Located in Lonigo, IT
Luigi Caccia Dominioni "Catilina" Chairs for Azucena, 1958, set of 4 Catilina is not designed for relaxation and letting go but for thoughtfulness and elegance. It is essentially ...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Steel

1958 Luigi Caccia Dominioni "Catilina" Azucena Italian Design Chairs Set of 6
By Azucena, Luigi Caccia Dominioni
Located in Brescia, IT
Luigi Caccia Dominioni Catilina chairs for Azucena, Italy, 1958 Metal steel frame Original fabric seat Excellent condition Just slight stains (look the picture) on the upholstery...
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Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Luigi Caccia Dominioni Azucena Catilina Chair
By Luigi Caccia Dominioni
Located in Chicago, IL
Founded by a group of Milanese architects in 1947, including designer Luigi Caccia Dominioni, iconic Italian brand Azucena is dedicated to combining fine craftsmanship with modern de...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs

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Iron

  • Luigi Caccia Dominioni Azucena Catilina Chair
  • Luigi Caccia Dominioni Azucena Catilina Chair
  • Luigi Caccia Dominioni Azucena Catilina Chair
  • Luigi Caccia Dominioni Azucena Catilina Chair
H 35.5 in. W 28.75 in. D 23.75 in.
Catilina P4 by Luigi Caccia Dominioni for Azucena, Milano
By Luigi Caccia Dominioni
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Catalina P4 chair by Luigi Caccia Dominioni for Azucena in metallic grey iron and a black gloss lacquered seat with a silk grey velvet cushion by Dedar. Edition of 2011 by Azucena, M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Chairs

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Luigi Caccia Dominioni Biography and Important Works

To join the centenarian club is a remarkable feat in itself, but to live for over a century and leave a lasting impact on the world of Italian mid-century modern furniture design — just as pioneering industrial designer and architect Luigi Caccia Dominioni had — is extraordinary. His vintage table lamps, coffee tables, chairs and other furnishings are demonstrative of exemplary technique, theory and quality workmanship — all characteristics of the Milanese designer’s signature style.

Caccia Dominioni graduated from Milan’s oldest university, the Polytechnic University of Milan, in 1936. A leading center for design innovation during the first half of the 20th century, the institution’s alumni includes notable Italian architects and designers such as Gio Ponti, Vittoriano Vigano and brothers Livio and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. In 1937, the Castiglioni brothers and Caccia Dominioni opened a multi-award winning studio together and presented groundbreaking designs for radios in Bakelite shells at the 1940 Milan Triennial.

The Second World War forced Caccia Dominioni to pause his professional ambitions in order to serve in the Italian military, and the postwar years saw much of his most esteemed designs take shape. In 1947, alongside Ignazio Gardella and Corrado Corradi Dell’Acqua, Caccia Dominioni founded the furniture manufacturing company Azucena, where he designed iconic pieces such as the Catalina chair and a range of lighting that includes the Lp10 wall light, the Lsp3 wall light and the Lsp6 flush mount light.

Like a fine Italian wine, Caccia Dominioni got even better with time. He collaborated with the likes of Olivari and Lualdi well into his 80s, debuting legendary pieces such as the C.d.o. chair and the Super door. And while many of his celebrated architectural works materialized during the 1950s and 1960s — such as the Teatro Filodrammatici and the Galleria Strasburgo — one of Caccia Dominioni’s best known structures, the fountain in Milan’s Piazza San Babila, was built near the end of 20th century when the designer was 83 years old.

Caccia Dominioni was a winner of the Compasso d’Oro, one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in the design industry. When he died at 103 in 2016, he left behind an exceptional legacy of furniture design and architectural innovations.

Find vintage Luigi Caccia Dominioni chandeliers and pendants, floor lamps, armchairs and other furniture on 1stDibs.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern American furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

Postwar American architects and designers were animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist “International Style” architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the ’30s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale, in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for, respectively, pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair. George Nelson and his design team created Bubble lamp shades using a new translucent polymer skin. Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were re-purposed: the Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs that used surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests. The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century designers caught the spirit.

Classically-oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb — who designed holistic groups of sleek, blonde-wood furniture — and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right Seating for You

With entire areas of our homes reserved for “sitting rooms,” the value of quality antique and vintage seating cannot be overstated.

Fortunately, the design of side chairs, armchairs and other lounge furniture — since what were, quite literally, the early perches of our ancestors — has evolved considerably.

Among the earliest standard seating furniture were stools. Egyptian stools, for example, designed for one person with no seat back, were x-shaped and typically folded to be tucked away. These rudimentary chairs informed the design of Greek and Roman stools, all of which were a long way from Sori Yanagi's Butterfly stool or Alvar Aalto's Stool 60. In the 18th century and earlier, seats with backs and armrests were largely reserved for high nobility.

The seating of today is more inclusive but the style and placement of chairs can still make a statement. Antique desk chairs and armchairs designed in the style of Louis XV, which eventually included painted furniture and were often made of rare woods, feature prominently curved legs as well as Chinese themes and varied ornaments. Much like the thrones of fairy tales and the regency, elegant lounges crafted in the Louis XV style convey wealth and prestige. In the kitchen, the dining chair placed at the head of the table is typically reserved for the head of the household or a revered guest.

Of course, with luxurious vintage or antique furnishings, every chair can seem like the best seat in the house. Whether your preference is stretching out on a plush sofa, such as the Serpentine, designed by Vladimir Kagan, or cozying up in a vintage wingback chair, there is likely to be a comfy classic or contemporary gem for you on 1stDibs.

With respect to the latest obsessions in design, cane seating has been cropping up everywhere, from sleek armchairs to lounge chairs, while bouclé fabric, a staple of modern furniture design, can be seen in mid-century modern, Scandinavian modern and Hollywood Regency furniture styles.

Admirers of the sophisticated craftsmanship and dark woods frequently associated with mid-century modern seating can find timeless furnishings in our expansive collection of lounge chairs, dining chairs and other items — whether they’re vintage editions or alluring official reproductions of iconic designs from the likes of Hans Wegner or from Charles and Ray Eames. Shop our inventory of Egg chairs, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the Florence Knoll lounge chair and more.

No matter your style, the collection of antique, new and vintage seating on 1stDibs is surely worthy of a standing ovation.